Haiti and Stupidity

By now, you’ve probably heard the idiot Pat Robertson’s comments on the earthquake in Haiti. He said the country is cursed because Haitians made a pact with the devil in 1791 to kick the French out of the country, so God is angry and that’s why they had the terrible calamity. Or something ludicrous like that. Watch the moron for yourself:

Not to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh spoke up in his own charming way.  According to the Washington Post: “Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday that he wouldn’t trust that money donated to Haiti through the White House Web site would actually go to the relief efforts. He said Americans don’t need to contribute to earthquake relief because they already donate to Haiti through their income taxes.”

Robertson and Limbaugh are  just annoying sideshows. The important news is millions of good people are digging down, looking for ways to help, financially or otherwise.

Predictably and fortunately, people are piling onto Robertson and Limbaugh for their bankrupt  remarks. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC called  Robertson an “unintended consequence of the First Amendment,” and that was the nicest thing she could come up with to say about him.

The White House is in an uproar over the comments of Robertson and Limbaugh, too,  according to the Associated Press. “It never ceases to amaze me that in times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that can be so utterly stupid,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Maybe whack jobs like Robertson and Limbaugh perform a service, of sorts. We watch the news from Haiti and it seems so overwhelming. We scrounge for a few dollars to donate to Haitian quake relief and it feels like we’re trying to extinguish a raging forest fire with a plant mister. It’s all so unmanagable, and unimaginable.

Then the awful court jesters like Robertson  come marching out to distract us from the awfulness for awhile. We should not, must not turn away from the Haitian tragedy and forget about it. But any compassionate human needs to turn off the grief for a while and indulge in some other emotion,  just to rest.

So, for a few minutes, we direct our cathartic anger toward Robertson and feel some semblance of relief.  Then, all those millions of us who want to help can turn back toward Haiti with our plant misters, and put out the forest fire that is their agony.

2 Responses to “Haiti and Stupidity”

  1. Kim Says:

    enjoyed your post. Maddow’s comment “unintended consequence of the First Amendment” was very succinct IMO and said it all. It is very sad that those people empowered with so large an audience can’t find it in them to talk about the greatness & goodness of the human spirit.

  2. kim Says:

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